In any case, they returned a verdict of not guilty and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, banned here since publication in 1928, suddenly became widely available and – surprise, surprise – an immediate bestseller.
Best known as a steamy tale that upset the censors, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is actually a tender love story, says Nick Lane.
He talks to DAVID WHETSTONE about his stage adaptation which is to tour the region ITS notoriety was confirmed in 1960 when Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the subject of an obscenity hearing at the Old Bailey.
What better sex education than the one you find in books?
(Seriously, some of the stuff in textbooks these days is questionable.) Books never had ratings, so your parents wouldn't pull that crap where they tried to cover your eyes like they did in PG-13 movies (I'll never forgive the MPAA for snitching on what could've been my most formative years of cinematic sex ed).
There are a few scenes that stand out in my memory, but the main two are when Vix and Caitlin discover what they call their 'power' when they’re 12, pretending to be boys they have crushes on and rubbing their 'powers' together.
It was around this time in the book when I stopped reading it anywhere near my family. It’s possible I learned more from this book than from sex ed classes ...
When they find a cave they like, they wriggle around inside it for a while to be sure that ... And when they've made up their minds that it's comfortable, they mark the cave as their territory ... in eighth grade before my sister who was 10 years older than me fully explained sex to me.
At the point that I was reading it, I must’ve thought that men and women just laid naked on top of each other kissing and touching, and voilà, baby!
Nick Lane re-read it for the first time in years when he was asked to adapt it for the stage by John Godber, until recently the leading light at the famous Hull Truck Theatre Company.